Two Bay County men have been arrested on human trafficking charges following a two-month investigation by the Bay County Sheriff's Office,
Christian Grogan, 20, of Panama City Beach, was charged Monday with three counts of human trafficking. William Berkley, 17, of Panama City, was charged with a single count of human trafficking.
The Florida Department of Children & Families received a report in September that a Bay County child was being compelled to produce images and videos of a pornographic nature and sell them online. A DCF and BCSO investigation revealed the girl was selling videos to help pay Berkley’s rent.
According to the BCSO, evidence was found that Berkley was coercing the victim to sell the videos and at one point provided her a potential buyer, telling her not to contact him until she had obtained a certain amount of money.
As the investigation unfolded, information revealed that Grogan was paying the same victim, as well as two others, for sexual acts while aware that all of them were minors, BCSO officials said.
Grogan had been arrested in December of 2020 for another incident involving sexual acts with an underage victim, and is currently on probation for that offense. The new charge violated Grogan's probation and he is now being held without bond.
The FBI and the 14th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office also was involved in the investigation. As the investigation continues, more charges are expected, officials said.
This article originally appeared on The News Herald: Two Bay County men arrested on human trafficking charges